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May 1, 2016 / 23 Nisan, 5776

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Brussels Police Find Third Bomb, Evacuate Nuclear Plants as ISIS Takes Responsibility for Attack

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Brussels police sappers neutralized a third bomb at Zaventem Airport on Tuesday after two suicide bombers blew themselves up in the departure hall hours earlier. The bomb, filled with nails, was discovered in a security sweep following the attack. It was safely detonated in a controlled explosion by sappers from the city’s bomb squad.

The Amaq news agency affiliated with the Islamic State terrorist organization issued a bulletin Tuesday afternoon claiming that ISIS was responsible for the attacks. The SITE intelligence watchdog group verified the claim.

“Islamic State fighters carried out a series of bombings with explosive belts and devices on Tuesday, targeting an airport and a central metro station in the center of the Belgian capital, Brussels, a country participating in the coalition against the Islamic State,” it said. “Islamic State fighters opened fire inside the Zaventem airport, before several of them detonated their explosive belts, as a martyrdom bomber detonated his explosive belt in the Maelbeek metro station.”

It is still not entirely clear how many people were killed and how many wounded at the airport and in the attack at the Brussels metro. Figures vary wildly, depending on the source – even varying between government agencies.

So far the death toll ranges from 10 to 14 dead in the attack at the airport, with between 81 to 100 wounded. In the attack at the Maelbeek metro station, the figures appear more consistent, with the death toll settled at 20; but the number of wounded ranges from 100 to 130.

Three suicide belts packed with explosives were discovered in the airport during the sweep. Also found on the terminal floor after the attack was a Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle with ammunition, near the body of one of the terrorists.

“Suspicious objects” were also found in the Maelbeek subway station and near Brussels University, located a bit further away. The bomb squad safely detonated those two as well.

However, the discovery of an additional suspicious package prompted police to re-establish a security cordon at the airport, according to Flemish broadcaster VTM.

Two suspicious packages were also found inside the offices of the National Pensions Office in Brussels, prompting authorities to clear the building, state-run RTBF reported.

Two nuclear power plants were shut down and evacuated by police, but few details were provided about the reason for the move. All but essential staff were evacuated from the nuclear plants in Tihange and Doel under orders by Belgian police, according to a spokesperson from Engie, the French firm that operates the facilities.

The office of Belgian federal prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw confirmed Tuesday night that raids conducted in the northern Brussels suburb of Schaarbeek “led to the discovery of [another] explosive device containing nails, among other things. The investigators have also discovered chemical products and an Islamic State flag,” according to the statement quoted by The Guardian.

The prosecutor told reporters at an earlier news conference there had been a total of three explosions earlier in the day – two at the airport and one in Maelbeek, rather than three at the metro as earlier reported. Two of three men seen in a CCTV photo leaked to European media “very likely” committed the suicide attack, according to Van Leeuw. He also confirmed there is an active manhunt underway for that third individual, seen in the footage at the airport, dressed in white.

The Belgian government received statements of condolence and support from leaders and governments around the world, including Israel, Turkey, the Gulf Cooperation Council, Egypt, all of the members of the European Union and NATO, the United States and elsewhere.

“This is a cowardly attack, an attack on our values and on our open societies,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement. “Terrorism will not defeat democracy and take away our freedoms.”

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Intelligence Agent Killed on Gaza Border

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Cleared for publication: Israeli officials announced in a statement early Wednesday that an agent from the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) was killed Tuesday (March 9).

The agent died during an operation on Israel’s southern border with Gaza, apparently caught in the crossfire and hit by an IDF bullet, according to a report on the Hebrew-language 0404 website. The agent’s family has been notified.

The circumstances behind the incident are under investigation by the agency.

All other information remains under a gag order at this time.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Hamas Terrorist in Hebron Among 3 Fugitives Arrested in Judea

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

IDF soldiers captured a Hamas terrorist in Hebron in the wee hours of Sunday morning in arrest operations in Judea.

The forces also carried out similar operations in the terrorist hotspot of Beit Omar, a Palestinian Authority Arab village along Highway 60 about 15 minutes north of Hebron.

Two suspects were captured and arrested in connection with terrorist activities during the operations in Beit Omar, according to the IDF.

All three suspects were transferred to security personnel from the Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency for further questioning.

Hana Levi Julian

Palestinian Authority Intelligence Member Arrested by Shin Bet

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

Israeli security forces have arrested a three-member Arab terrorist cell in Samaria that included an employee of the Palestinian Authority intelligence service.

An elite military unit joined forces with the Shin Bet to capture two terrorists who attacked IDF soldiers four days ago.

One IDF soldier was wounded in a shootout that ensued in Samaria when his unit came under fire during an early-morning raid near Tulkarem, in the village of Din’aba.

The two Arab terrorists who were involved in the shootout managed to escape. The PA intelligence member later aided the pair with their escape and hiding the weapon, according to the Shin Bet.

Under questioning, “The operatives confessed to plotting and carrying out the shooting, and surrendered the weapon used in the attack,” the IDF said in a statement.

Ala’a Barqawi, 32, is an employee of the Palestinian Authority intelligence agency. According to the Shin Bet, he aided the other two detainees after they attacked the IDF unit, and hid the weapon they used in the shootout.

Amar Anbess, 27, has already served prison time in 2008 for terrorist activity. He and Samir a-Haq, 30, opened fire at the IDF soldiers who were operating in their village on January 20.

All three of the terrorists are residents of Din’aba. They were arraigned Sunday in military court.

Hana Levi Julian

Islamic Terror in Europe Turning Israel into West’s Best Friend

Friday, November 27th, 2015

The intensified war against the Islamic State (ISIS) has propelled Israel into the West’s best friend.

Russian president Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Israel and Moscow are exchanging intelligence information and that “relations between our countries are at high level.”

He added:

We will continue to maintain contacts with the Israeli leadership to establish a just, comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East, to share information on the anti-terrorism track.

In September, we held intense and very fruitful talks together with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. We agreed to deepen our cooperation in the spheres of industry, high-tech and agriculture.

The JewishPress.com reported here earlier this week that Israel, and not France as originally thought, provided Germany with precise intelligence information that foiled planned massive terrorist attacks at a soccer game, where Chancellor Angela Merkel was attending, and at a train station.

The massacres in Paris have sent European governments into a panic, and no one even thinks of BDS when it comes to seeking out Israeli intelligence, which is clued in more than Western countries that have pretended that the Muslim invasion of the continent has not included a large number of  terrorist cells..

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot visited Brussels this week for secret meetings with Belgian security officials, Maariv reported Friday.

He also met with senior American military officials.

 

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Intel Officials: Terrorist Bomb May Have Downed MetroJet in Sinai

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

British and U.S. intelligence officials said Wednesday that MetroJet Flight 9268 crashed in the Sinai Peninsula last weekend may have been due to a mid-air explosion from a bomb planted by Da’esh (ISIS).

The terrorists may have used a barometric pressure bomb formed from the plastic explosive PETN, according to a report on CNN.

Within hours of the crash, Da’esh claimed responsibility, subsequently taunting in an audio statement on social media: “We are not forced to disclose the mechanism of our downing it. So you may bring the wreckage of the plane and search it, and you may bring your black box and analyze it. Report to us the conclusions.”

Britain has suspended all flights to and from Sharm el-Sheikh, where the doomed flight originated, at least for now, and has issued a travel advisory for its citizens against “all but essential travel” to the Egyptian resort. Britain has also sent its own officials to the airport at Sharm el-Sheikh to supervise current flights departing with citizens to the UK.

Initial inspection of the flight data recorder recovered from the aircraft indicated the recording ceased abruptly, according to a European official who spoke with media.

That evidence supports the likelihood of a mid-air explosion, as did the U.S. satellite imagery of sudden flashes in the atmosphere above the crash site. U.S. officials, who are not formally part of the investigation, told the New York Times on Tuesday that it is still too early to reach any conclusions about the cause of the crash.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a statement, however, “We have concluded there is a significant possibility that the crash was caused by an explosive device on board the aircraft.”

All 224 on board the flight en route to St. Petersburg lost their lives. Currently the UK government estimates there are up to 20,000 citizens in Sharm el-Sheikh.

It is not clear how they will be able to leave, if they choose to do so, once current flights to the UK are completed. “Passengers who are on the ground in Sharm el-Sheikh will be returned to the UK,” Hammond said. “We are working with the airlines, and the Egyptian authorities put in place emergency procedures and additional screening and additional security” to get them home.

Hana Levi Julian

Head of IDF Intelligence: Iran Closing Technological Gap with Israel

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

(JNi.media) Major General Herzl “Hertzi” Halevi, head of Military Intelligence, told a closed lecture on Thursday that Israel and Iran are already engaged in a technological war, in which the Iranians are rapidly reducing Israel’s advantage, Ha’aretz reported Sunday. In regard to the recent wave of terror, Halevi said that if the videos showing stabbing attacks distributed over the social networks existed in 1948, Israel would never have won the War of Independence. He also confided he recently had cancelled a military intelligence operation at the last minute because of a letter he received from a junior officer in Unit 8200, Israel’s cyber spy agency.

Halevi said that the tasks faced by Israel’s Military Intelligence are becoming harder every day. Twenty years ago, he said, when his unit scored a major intelligence coup, “we were fixed for the next five to seven years.” But nowadays, “you may have struggled very hard, invested, put people’s lives at risk, did all kinds of moves, you retrieved something, but at the speed with which our world lives and the speed at which technology is changing,” the expiration time of your discovery is shortened a great deal.

The Military Intelligence chief gave as an example the efforts to gather intelligence on ISIS: “You see those guys from [ISIS] with their djellabas and such, but they are using top technology. This is not homing pigeons, these are the most advanced communication systems with the most complicated encryptions — now go deal with it. And it changes every day.”

Halevi noted that in this new milieu, junior soldiers and officers have more influence on decision making, using as an example a recent anecdote: “We were in a dilemma as to whether or not to carry out an operational maneuver somewhere,” he said. “We were at the moment just before this thing goes up to the Chief of Staff for a decision, and we had to decide — should we or shouldn’t we go ahead with it. Just then one of my officers entered my office and said to me, ‘Listen, I want you to read this, it’s a letter from, a SIGINT (intelligence-gathering by interception of signals) officer from unit 8200.”

Halevi continued: “He is a Major. He writes a letter to the commander of 8200 and to the chief of Military Intelligence, saying, ‘Listen, I think you’re making a mistake.’ It was just five minutes before making the decision. I could have not read it had it come a minute later, after the conversation with the chief of staff. Indeed, this shows the ability of [junior staff] to influence decision making at the most critical moment.”

As to the Iranian threat, the Military Intelligence chief said, “If you ask me whether we will have a war with Iran in the next 10 years, I would give you a surprise answer — we already are at war with Iran. We have a technological war with Iran. Our engineers are fighting the Iranian engineers — today. And it’s going to become more and more significant.”

Halevi said that the technological battle between Israel and Iran is over intelligence gathering on the weapons held by each party and their military capabilities. He was pessimistic regarding the trend of that technological war. “Today we have an advantage,” he said, “but Iran gradually closes the gap. Since 1979, the year of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, the number of universities and the number of students in Iran has grown 20 times. Ours have grown by 3 and a half times.”

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